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Lawyers vs Conveyancers: Whats the Difference?

Not everyone acting for a buyer or a seller in a real estate transaction is a lawyer.

The Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006 introduced to New Zealand the separate profession of ‘Conveyancer’. Conveyancers are distinct from ‘Lawyers’ or ‘Solicitors’. They are not required to hold law degrees or be supervised by lawyers.

Lawyers may provide a full range of services to the public, being both conveyancing services, and general legal services. Conveyancers may provide conveyancing services, but are unable to advise on other areas of law.

Buying or selling a property or business rarely happens in a vacuum. Personal, business and financial factors are all often critical considerations. A lawyer from Turner Hopkins can not only advise on the transaction at hand, but also on how the transaction will affect you and your family. Relationship property laws, estate planning and protection from creditors, while not an extensive list, are all factors you should be talking to us about when buying or selling.

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